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A Wider Bridge Selected for Slingshot Top 50 List

A Wider Bridge Named One of North America’s 50 Most Innovative Jewish Nonprofits in the eighth Annual “Slingshot” Guidebook.

We are proud to be the first organization listed in the directory of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits in Slingshot ’12-‘13, a resource guide for Jewish innovation. “A Wider Bridge fills the unmet need found at the intersection of Israel advocacy and the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jews in Jewish life,” the guidebook states as a reason for choosing us for this honorable list. A Wider Bridge is one of a very small number of organizations on the list whose focus is on engaging with Israel, and one of only three Jewish LGBT organizations to make the list,together with Keshet and GLOE.  The guide describes our work this way:  “Through group trips to Israel, bringing LGBT Israelis to North America and programming on college campuses, A Wider Bridge creates positive and meaningful conversations about Israel within the LGBT Jewish community”

Check out A Wider Bridge’s page on Slingshot

Slingshot organizations grapple with concerns in Jewish life such as identity, community, social justice and tradition, each with different missions, perspectives and strategies. The Slingshot resource guide is distributed to 7,500 funders, foundation professionals, and organizational leaders annually, in addition to tens of thousands of online downloads.  Readers use Slingshot to identify the most inspiring and trail blazing organizations, projects, and programs in the North American Jewish community today. Since its inception, Slingshot has highlighted 173 innovative Jewish organizations in North America.

Slingshot organizations are selected from among hundreds of nominees based on their strength in four areas: innovation, impact, leadership, and organizational efficiency.  A Wider Bridge, founded in 2010, was chosen for the first time this year by an independent panel of 48 foundation professionals from across North America.  Arthur Slepian, Executive Director of A Wider Bridge, said “We are so proud to be included on this list of organizations that are re-shaping Jewish life in North America.  Inclusion in Slingshot ’12-’13 is a strong validation for the work A Wider Bridge is doing.”

According to Julie Finkelstein, Program Director of Slingshot, “Slingshot is a celebration of those Jewish organizations and projects successfully breathing new energy into Jewish life.  The guide highlights both newly formed organizations and innovative projects happening at established Jewish institutions, all making an impact by meeting the changing needs of today’s Jewish community.   This year, we received more applications than ever before, making the evaluation and selection process highly competitive.”

Inspired six years ago by Slingshot, a group of next-generation philanthropists launched the Slingshot Fund, a collective giving mechanism to support innovative Jewish life. In just six cycles, 58 members of the Slingshot Fund have contributed more than $2.1 million to innovative Jewish organizations.

Sarah Gelman Rueven, Slingshot Board member, shared, “The Slingshot Guide promotes organizations that are pushing the boundaries and  negotiating what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century, while at the same time, promoting transparent business practices and strong leadership.  The Slingshot guide is important because by supporting Jewish innovation, we are really investing in the continuity of the Jewish people.”

Slingshot ’12-’13 was released on November 5, 2012. The community will meet on May 6th in New York City at the annual Slingshot Day, where over 250 not-for-profit leaders, foundation professionals, and funders of all ages will engage in candid conversations about philanthropy and innovation in the Jewish community.

About Slingshot

Slingshot was created by a team of young funders as a guidebook to help funders of all ages diversify their giving portfolios with the most innovative and effective organizations and programs in North America. This guide contains information about each organization’s origin, mission, strategy, impact and budget, as well as details about its unique character.  Now in its eighth edition, Slingshot has proven to be a catalyst for next generation funding and offers a telling snapshot of shifting trends in North America’s Jewish community. The book, published annually, is available for free in hard copy and as a download at www.slingshotfund.org.

Read More about Slingshot ’12-’13

e Jewish Philanthropy:  Slingshot present’s the eighth annual edition of Slingshot: A Resource Guide for Jewish Innovation, featuring 50 inspirational organizations, in Jewish life in North America. Fourteen additional organizations have been identified as the Standard Bearers, having been previously listed in at least five editions of Slingshot. Continue Reading


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